ExxonMobil replaces section of Pegasus pipeline after oil spill

17 April 2013 00:09  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--A new section of ExxonMobil's Pegasus pipeline was installed on Tuesday as repairs and cleanup continued in the aftermath of the 29 March rupture and resulting oil spill in Mayflower, Arkansas.

“The damaged portion was removed Monday and transported to an independent third-party laboratory for metallurgy testing,” the company said in an update late on Tuesday.

ExxonMobil said about 5,000 bbl of oil was spilled in the incident, adding that a final estimate will be released once the line has been repaired and refilled.

Cleanup is almost complete in the affected section between the main road and Interstate 40, and work is continuing in the subdivision and marsh area between the highway and the cove near Lake Conway.

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has categorised the incident as a major oil spill, and a number of federal, state and local agencies are assisting ExxonMobil will response efforts.

The cause of the spill is still under investigation.

The Arkansas Attorney General’s Office is also probing the incident.

ExxonMobil also was issued an order from the US Department of Transportation (DOT) that requires the company to take “necessary corrective action to protect public, property and the environment from potential hazards” associated with the incident, said the agency’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).

The company must obtain written approval from the director of PHMSA’s southwest region before the Pegasus pipeline can return to service.

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